PURPOSE: The following policy and procedures are being implemented by Dr. Phillips Pop Warner (DPPW) with the intent to reduce the potentially serious health risks associated with sports related concussions and injuries.
CONCUSSION POLICY: It is policy of DPPW to educate coaches and team personnel of the signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with sports induced concussions. Any participant showing the signs of a concussion or head injury is required to be removed from the game/practice until they have been evaluated by properly trained individuals. If a concussion is suspected, the player must seek medical attention, and then must follow the proper procedures for return to play.
DEFINITION: A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. It is important to note than an athlete does not have to lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion.